Midterm Writing Assignment (Brainstorming)

Midterm Writing Assignment (Brainstorming) - "Funeral Blues...

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"Funeral Blues" is a simple - but devastatingly emotional - poem about death, isolation, emptiness and longing. The death of a lover may or may not be a literal event; the poem is also about the end of a love affair. In four stanzas it moves from the time before the funeral (Stop all the clocks, Silence the pianos. ..), during the funeral itself (Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. ..), after the funeral (He was my North, my South. ..), and the loneliness and grief that comes with it. I believe that most people do not understand the true meaning of this poem. The common misconception is that Auden is speaking of lost love. .. but it is in truth something completely different. A little-known fact is that he wrote this during world war I, in which he was killed. Also, notice that whenever he states the other person, it is capitalized. I think that he means that God is dead. The reason for this is that, after witnessing the horrors of war, he realized that if there really was a loving god, He would not let this happen. Thus, God must be dead. That is also why he says. ."For nothing now can ever come to any good". .. because without God, all is lost. In Audens’ later years, he wrote a poem titled “Funeral Blues,” which was one of the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENG 105 taught by Professor Surarath during the Winter '07 term at Central Washington University.

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Midterm Writing Assignment (Brainstorming) - "Funeral Blues...

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